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December 14, 2018

Senate Education Committee Signs Rookie Free Agent, Loses ESSA Veteran

Democratic Senator-elect Jacky Rosen will join the committee next Congress, while Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will leave it.

December 13, 2018

Juvenile-Justice Bill Passed by Congress Addresses Academic Records, Credits

The Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 also requires information on how many children come into contact with the juvenile-justice system through school-related incidents.

December 13, 2018

Civil Rights Groups Urge Congress to Tackle DeVos Oversight, School Safety Legislation

Thanks to the midterm elections, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., is set to take over the House education committee, and civil rights groups have a significant list of demands.

December 04, 2018

House Lawmakers Seek Federal Money for More School Police Officers

In addition to increasing funding for a Department of Justice policing program, the House lawmakers' bill would set aside a share of the department's grants for school resource officer pay and benefits.

November 25, 2018

What Has This Congress Actually Gotten Done on Education?

Federal lawmakers had a big menu of issues to tackle, like DACA, student-data privacy, and higher education, during this Congress. But the list of accomplishments may fall short of what many sought or expected.

November 13, 2018

Democrats Seek to Sharply Curtail Restraint, Seclusion of Students

Restraint and seclusion is controversial in the special education community; one in 100 students with special needs was restrained or secluded in the 2013-14 school year, according to federal data.

November 07, 2018

Buckle Up, Betsy DeVos: Democrats Have Won the House

With newly empowered Democrats in charge of the House education committee, expect the education secretary to testify more on Capitol Hill as she and other Trump education officials go under the microscope.

November 05, 2018

What Awaits Education If Republicans Keep the House

Republicans will breathe a sigh of relief if they keep the House, but it may not mean big changes for education policy, given the lack of momentum over the past years on issues like data privacy and DACA.

November 01, 2018

The Parkland Shooting's Role in the Close Florida Senate Race

The impact of the killings of students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School could extend into the tight Florida contest that will help decide control of the U.S. Senate.

October 23, 2018

What's In the New Federal Opioid Legislation to Help Schools

Congress recently passed a law that will help schools and communities cope with some of the challenges of educating children from families grappling with opioid addiction.

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